U.S. Air Force B-52s train with Italian air force in Iceland

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Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses conducted flights from RAF Fairford, England, to Iceland on March 26, 2019, to conduct training with Italian air force Typhoon fighter jets supporting the NATO Icelandic Air Surveillance mission.

As Iceland does not have its own national air force, NATO provides a rotational air defense in order to meet Iceland’s national security needs.

While in Iceland, the B-52s conducted training involving simulated surface-to-air strikes.

The northern flights also allowed aircrews to conduct theater familiarization and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces. U.S. Strategic Command regularly tests and evaluates the readiness of strategic assets to ensure we are able to honor our security commitments.

The B-52s, part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, are from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The aircraft arrived in theater on March 14-15 and are temporarily operating out of RAF Fairford.


For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 06371-47-6558 or e-mail usafepao.pao@us.af.mil.

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